We offer a balanced curriculum at KS3 which prepares our young learners for the transition to GCSE music. In year 7 & 8 Music and Drama share each class, half a year of music followed by half a year of drama. During this period we look to introduce our learners to a range of musical instruments and experiences. The focus in year 7 is to allow our learners to try all the instruments we have to offer, so by the end of the year each learner has a selected ‘first study’ instrument/voice. During year 8 and 9 they will develop their skills on these instrument through a wide range of activities. In year 8 and 9 all learners have one music lesson a week. This allows us to focus on building confidence and enhancing skills in performing, listening and composing. These areas are assessed at regular intervals throughout the year typically at the end of each module taught.
Lessons are mainly practical with theory taught to support student’s learning.
At Key Stage 4 all students follow the AQA GCSE syllabus. This focuses on three main areas:
In GCSE Music we aim to:
- Develop a learner’s musical ability through listening, composing and performing.
- Perform solo and/or ensemble pieces throughout the year to collective audiences.
- Improve the interaction and confidence of learners through group work performance and composition.
During this course learners, perform and listen to a variety of styles of music from three Areas of Study:
- Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910
- Popular Music
- Traditional Music
- Western Classical Tradition since 1910
In order to achieve the best possible exam result at this level, all learners need:
- To understand the requirements of the GCSE course
- To complete an assignment on a selected topic from an Area of Study
- To perform as a soloist, and in an ensemble
- To compose 2 pieces of music, one of which must use a stimuli set by the exam board.
- To review important theory which will help you in your answers to the listening questions, set in the final exam
- And finally compare and study set pieces of music and write about them in the final exam.
The course is split between coursework (60%) and a final exam (40%)
- One Solo & One Ensemble Performance (30%)
- One Free Composition & One Set Composition (30%)
- Listening and Contextual Understanding Exam (40%)